With 1.7 million inhabitants, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and one of the 16 federal states of the Federal Republic of Germany. Hamburg is both a city and a state.
Economically and culturally, Hamburg is also the centre of all Northern Germany. 3.5 million people live in the metropolitan region of Hamburg - for them, Hamburg is a shopping and cultural metropolis.
With 755 square kilometres, the city area is seven times bigger than Paris and two and a half times bigger than London. As a result, Hamburg's living and housing standards are particularly high.
With 30 square metres of living space per person, Hamburg has the biggest average living space of all major cities in the world. As much as 14% of the city area is made up of green spaces and recreational areas.
Hamburg has 2,302 bridges - more than Venice and Amsterdam combined. With over 90 consulates, Hamburg is second only to New York City in the world.
As a trade centre, Hamburg has always been outward-looking, and this has shaped the mentality of the inhabitants of Hamburg.
Come to Hamburg, Hamburg looks forward to your visit.
Tourism and culture in Hamburg
Hamburg's facilities range from the Kunsthalle Art Museum and the State Opera to music clubs on the Reeperbahn.
Hamburg boasts 31 theatres, 6 music halls, 10 cabarets and 50 state and private museums. Of the 4,000 restaurants, 2,400 offer foreign cuisine.
The banks of the Elbe and the Alster rivers are ideal for a stroll. The port sight-seeing trips are impressive and they offer a special perspective on the panorama of Hamburg.
Right in the heart of the city, there is a large lake: the Alster. A boat tour on the Alster ends up in the city centre, where you can go shopping or relax in a street café. And Hamburg's modern underground trains and buses will take you anywhere fast, for a small fare.
The area around Hamburg is especially delightful. The fruit-growing area of the "Altes Land" with its old farmhouses is especially suited for excursions by bus or on bicycle. The historic old towns of Stade and Luneburg can be reached in half an hour. And a trip to L¨beck or the beach on the Baltic Sea takes only one hour by car.
Musicals, Concerts & Shows
Curfew? Not here: Hamburg bars and clubs stay open till 5 a.m. during the week. At the weekend, times are open-ended. Cult shops in the Schanze district, rustic bars in St. Pauli and clubs and discos with DJs from all over the world make sure the Hamburg scene keeps moving and grooving.
The clubs and bars currently in fashion change as quickly as the fad in shoes, with simply loads on offer - more than you could ever hope to experience yourself. Here is a selection of the best venues in town - to be continued...
Kiez - St.Pauli:
Night life pure: If you want to discover Hamburg's nightlife you can't avoid passing through St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn.
Here the bars are full of party animals who love having their fun outside the mainstream. If the weather's nice, the night life moves onto the streets...
There's another dimension to the phrase "the city never sleeps" at the top spots like the Kontor Club and Valentino's...
It's easy and cheap to get home after a night on the tiles, with Hamburg's night buses...